BEGINNER | CLASSROOM | 1 DAY | RATIO 1 : 12 | £100


First aid is a vital skill in all walks of life but even more so when you are further from help. Boating is generally a safe pastime, however it is important to know what to do in the event of an emergency. In that situation, a little knowledge can go a long way, especially on the water.

The course syllabus is based on recommendations from the HSE and the MCA. First aid situations at sea or on any body of water, present their own additional challenges. This course covers all the standard skills but from a marine perspective. How to summon assistance and medical evacuations at sea are also covered.

The RYA First Aid certificate meets the standard required by commercial skippers (working up to 60 miles offshore), RYA practical instructors and offshore racers. It also satisfies the requirements for the purposes of Emergency First Aid at Work.

None. This is an entry-level course and can be undertaken regardless of experience level.

1 day (8 hours)

The course will take place at a venue within 30 minutes’ drive of Inverness (see Dates).

This course can also be run on demand at any suitable venue in the North of Scotland. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

  • Detailed tuition from an experienced RYA First Aid Instructor, using a range of training aids
  • Copy of the RYA First Aid Handbook
  • A comfortable classroom environment
  • Tea, coffee & biscuits
  • Pen and notebook
  • Packed lunch or money for the local convenience store
  • Assessment, immediate actions & priorities within first aid
  • Unconsciousness and the recovery position
  • CPR, including the use if an AED
  • Drowning
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Failure of the circulation (shock)
  • Blood loss and the control of bleeding
  • Recognition of internal bleeding
  • Angina and heart attack
  • Levels of response and the AVPU scale
  • Head injury (concussion and compression)
  • Immersion hypothermia and cold water shock
  • Burns
  • Exposure hypothermia and hyperthermia
  • Seasickness and dehydration
  • Diabetic emergency
  • Seizures
  • Fractures, including spinal injuries
  • First aid kits
  • Advice or assistance by radio
  • Evacuation of a casualty by helicopter
  • Contents of Cat C medical stores (commercial skippers/crew)

There is no formal written or practical assessment.

Assessment is continuous throughout the course and student’s practical skills will be observed.

You will receive a copy of the RYA First Aid Handbook and this provides all the additional information you may need.


There are currently no courses scheduled.

This course can be run on demand for groups (min. 3 people). Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

By the end of this course, students should feel more confident dealing with a variety of medical emergencies and conditions, with a particular emphasis on those arising from water-based activities.

The RYA First Aid certificate is valid for three years and fulfils the requirements for:

  • Professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven (Cat 2), including Boatmasters
  • RYA Practical Instructor validation
  • The Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to ISAF’s regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4)
  • Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, for the purposes of Emergency First Aid at Work

The RYA First Aid certificate is valid for three years.

We would strongly recommend that you revise and refresh your skills as often as possible, as first aid knowledge is particularly perishable.

Please contact us to book and pay for this course.

A 20% deposit is required to secure a place and the full balance of payment will be required no later than 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

On receipt of full payment, we will provide you with joining instructions.